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High-Tech Carpet Knows You are Fat, Old

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Those crazy Japanese researchers and designers are at it again. They have developed a carpet that contains a layer of electrodes that can accurately measure electrical flow resistance and guess facts about the person walking on it, including age, height, weight, gender and even shoe size. Hit the jump for a bit more.

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Why would carpet need to know about the people walking on it? Well it isn't as useless as you may think. This electrode carpet would be able to continually analyze store capacities and even be able to do research on what kind of fatties like to shop at your store. There is something odd about having carpet survey you, but it guess it really isn't any different than camera surveillance .

The Carpet That Knows Everything About You [I4U]

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If you've ever tried to push a wheelchair (or a luggage cart) across heavily-padded carpet, you know how this could be valuable. "Smart Carpet" could use sensors like this to adjust firmness/friction to appropriate levels, depending on who/what was on it at the time....